Sam Mendes Says THE DARK KNIGHT Directly Influenced SKYFALL

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Everything we’ve seen thus far from director Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall has been incredibly promising, and just recently the first reviews hit and they were wildly positive.  As such, Skyfall looks poised to be a very, very big entry in the long-running Bond franchise, with a great deal of credit due to Mendes.  A number of the film’s first reviews noted the similarities between the sensibility of Skyfall’s and that of The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan.  As it turns out, that wasn’t exactly by accident.  During a recent interview, Mendes talked about how much Christopher Nolan’s films—specifically The Dark Knight—influenced his approach to Skyfall.

Hit the jump for more.

sam-mendes-judi-dench-skyfallDuring an interview with The Playlist, Mendes noted the impact of The Dark Knight on the filmmaking world in general:

“In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody.”

Mendes went on to talk about Nolan’s influence on Skyfall:

“What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world… That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

The director also mentioned that the darker tone of The Dark Knight proved useful when defending some of the darker moments of Skyfall, as he could point to the Batman Begins sequel’s billion dollar box office take as proof that audiences won’t shy away from some more darker aspects of a blockbuster film.  He made some similar points when talking to Steve and some other reporters during the Skyfall set visit earlier this year, which you can read right here.

It’s interesting to note that Nolan himself has previously stated that he’d love to direct a Bond film in the future, but Mendes’ Skyfall may have essentially rendered that prospect redundant.

The full conversation is a fascinating read, as Mendes also talks about his initial reluctance to work in the Bond world and how he originally thought Daniel Craig was a terrible choice to play the eponymous character.  Head on over to The Playlist to read the entire interview.  Skyfall opens on November 9th.

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  • RIC

    If skyfall turns out to be half as excellent as it looks, I doubt Bond fans would object to Nolan directing a bond film with a similar tone.

  • Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan

    Makes sense. The camp idiocy of Bane’s villainous plot, ludicrous voice, stilted-over the top acting and hokey cliched addled dialogue would fit right into the worst excess of the Roger Moore era of bond.

    • zzz

      Go watch Transformers or some other movie on your iq level… retard.

    • Chris

      they see me trolling…

    • Pat

      Given your username, I’m sure anything short of the Second Coming would disappoint you in regards to Nolan. I’d hardly say Bane’s plot was ‘camp idiocy.’ The voice brought something original to he table. The character wasn’t going for the typical cliched route of world domination or monetary gain like every other blockbuster out there. Thankfully, Mr. Nolan also abided by the notion of having dead characters die. Get a life.

    • Roland Deschain

      LOL. Why are you are so mad?

    • Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan

      Cliche count: ticking timebomb scenario (check), capturing the hero and allowing him to live so he can watch the villain’s plan unfold, giving him the time to escape (check), the love interest turning out to be a villain (check), the old fighter coming out of retirement and teaching a younger generation how to battle evil (check), the cop who decides to throw away his badge (check). The only thing that wasn’t cliched was batman pretending to be dead (which was completely stupid and done first by Eastbound and a couple months before that). I can’t wait to be the one who said I told you so when this film is rightly recognized as Phantom Menace level failure.

      • Bryce Forestieri

        Why don’t you tell us where you’re coming from and tell us your top 5 of the year so far. Feel free to throw a top 5 ever if you can. People who scorn filmmakers must provide alternatives to back their shit up. I’m no Nolan fanboy, but please…

      • Dan

        Bull!!
        1. How else is the audience going to understand the amount of time left? Tension needs to be built up, without the clock the audience doesn’t know this.
        2. You could say that, but the issue here is deconstruction of the hero. Is it BW’s money that gives him strength and uniqueness or his force of will. Nolan shows BW isn’t just some entitled rich snob, but an extraordinary individual going on a journey. Otherwise, it just becomes another exciting installment.
        3.How about connecting the themes of the series. Just as Bruce trained to unify Gotham from creating more Joe Chilles, Talia spends her life trying to destroy her Joe Chile (Bruce Wayne).
        4. Not really. It is the young man who inspires the old fighter to come out. Without Blake or Kyle, Bruce would still be holed up in Wayne Manor.
        5. Not really. Bruce believes the system has potential as exemplified by Gordon, Blake, and all the other members of tithe police caring out their duties as they should have. Nolan contrasts this with Blake similarly putting his faith in the system, only to see the government abandon the people of Gotham. Throwing his badge away is earned, not cliched.
        6. Batman pretending to be dead presents the city with a totally unselfish serving moment of sacrifice. This ‘martyrdom’ enables people to finally be unified by a truly inspiring figure, not a false one like Dent.

      • Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan

        well, given that I haven’t seen that many movies this year actually I’ll list off some of the better ones : Raid Redemption (better plotting, action, and it wasn’t three hours), Haywire (better characterization, plot, acting and it wasn’t three hours), Avengers (better everything and it wasn’t three hours), goddamn Prometheus (less plotholes, better dialgoue, and it wasn’t three hours), Woman in Black (more well realized, better plot, acting, dialogue and it wasn’t three hours).

        Other films that I watched but weren’t released this year that are better: Troll 2 (less insulting to the intelligence), Transformers 3 (actually they are about as good as one another- except Of the Moon has a shorter runtime), Highlander 2: The Quickening (a better sequel in terms of honouring the movie that came before it and deepening the mythology).

        Discuss

      • Robert

        You think too highly of yourself.

        I. How does one build tension without visually showing the audience how long until the bomb goes off? Will you have Morgan Freeman on voice over constantly telling how long till the bomb goes off.?

        II. This lets us see that Bruce is more than a rich guy with time. We see that he has a belief and and philosophy that lets him out of the pit and makes him an extraordinary figure.

        III. I thought it linked up the themes of the trilogy. Bruce is formed and given a purpose by the man who killed his parents. Tate/Talia is given a purpose by the man who killed her father (Bruce).

        IV. You have that backwards. The young generation (Selina and Blake) draw Bruce out. If they didn’t, he’d still be living in his mansion, cut off.

        V. Again, this contrasts Bruce’s arc with Blake’s. Bruce has faith in Gordon and Blake (representing the establishment) and they deliver. On the bridge, Blake’s faith in the establishment fails (gov blows up the bridge and abandons the people of Gotham).

        VI. Batman ‘dies’ the symbol the people of Gotham need to rebuild and create a city that doesn’t need him. This act gives them hope, whereas, the false hope of Harvey Dent’s act created a city that only improved on a superficial level.

      • Sugreev2001

        @ Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan

        Lol You talk about Cliche than you mention 3 dumb movies as your favorites,among one decent cliche one (that openly pays homage to it’s genre) and one excellent one.Prometheus didn’t have any plot-holes hahahaha.That is the stupidest thing ever.A geologist who says dumb shit like “I only like rocks”.”Scientists” traveling light years on a whim of some stupid unscientific theory,without knowing each other at all.The first introduction is when they land.The fact that Noomi is fine after the intense abortion and that they cannot run sideways to escape the ship stumbling on them like a giant doughnut.Believe me,there are more and more plotholes I can mention.It’s like Plan 9,but made by Ridley Scott.

        Now Haywire,it’s the most boring movie ever.The same revenge drama that’s been a stickler for TV movies since time immemorial.The acting of the main character is lame.
        Raid Redemption has the worst lead ever.He screams like a little girl every single time he hits.Nobody knows acting in that movie,except the villain…and he’s on for like 5 mins.You wannabe pseudo-intellectual.

      • shutupyoudamnnerds

        women in black? holy hell? are you a damn 14 year old twilight fan? shut the hell up you god damn acne riddled teeny bopper neanderthal.

      • christ nolan super fraud

        @ everyone disputing the cliches,

        You don’t understand what cliches are. I understand what purpose these elements served in the narrative but that doesn’t make them not a cliche.

    • Jeff Noble

      Sure I didn’t love The Dark Knight Rises, but what I HATE about today’s digital culture is that if a director makes one bad move in their career, then all of a sudden their entire filmography is thrown out the window.

      Scoreses, Spielberg (a number of times), Malick, Cameron and so many other directors sometimes have missteps but I can still like their OTHER films too.

    • spongefist

      Thanks god he was influenced by TDK and not the TDKR as that would have made Skyfall totally shit by default.

      And the major plot hole that you have not covered yet is that a school boy level rock climber could have escaped the shit pit prison blind folded. Any climbers would no about ‘protection’ and how you simply place them into the rock in strategic positions and put the rope (there was an abundance of rope) through so you can ascend with safety a bit at a time. Real basic stuff.

      TDKR was a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE movie, it truly was. The cinematography was terrible, acting terrible, fight scenes worse than terrible, plot holes a joke. The only movie that exceeded it’s shitness this year was Prometheus.

      Inception was shit as well by the way.

      TDK was a truly great movie, but that was Nolans one off, but I’m glad he did it.

      • Robert

        You lost me at “Any climbers would ‘no’ protection.” Use proper grammer and spelling to make an argument. Also, as a regular hiker, I’d argue based on personal experience. Climb Mt. McKinley, and I’ll take your thoughts into consideration.

      • Afilmguy

        Claiming that all these things in TDKR are “terrible” repeatedly, I don’t think you have much of an authority on saying that. If you said “I thought that it was terrible,” that’s a different story. Just don’t pretend you have some sort of authority on cinema judgment, especially when it comes to mainstream films.

      • Boradori

        You are an idiot who uses hyperbole which suggests you are five years old. If you think TDKR is terrible you clearly have not seen many movies. I have watched the trilogy and appreciate TDKR more in that context and the way all the themes are tied together is brilliant which I believe is something alot of critics recognised as well. There are flaws related to pacing and editing but I love it anyway for the mood that is established and the parallel journeys of Bruce Wayne/ John Blake as well as the symbolism throughout. To suggest the cinematography is awful shows you do not know much about film and the fact you think Nolan has made only one good film confirms it.

      • shutupyoudamnnerds

        yah because climbing a 100 foot wall while being malnourished is so easy right? i’m sure everyone in the pit had climbing experience, right? i’m sure making that 15+ feet jump was easy too right? you know that big jump where everyone that attempted but failed except talia? god damn you fecal matter cretin, shut the hell up.

      • spongefist

        You lost me at being a ‘Hiker’ is that code for being a complete dickwad? So you walk about a bit… well done, that makes you a complete authority.

        As for ‘no’ oops, one word and I lose you… well I wasn’t trying to keep you.

        The truth is that ‘you would not have to make a 15 foot leap if you knew school boy rock climbing, and if it really was a 15 foot jump that would be a bio-mechanical impossibility for a child to do… either way, it was shit.

        Deep down, you know (look at that spelling… wow) that it was shit, but you simply won’t accept the reality. It was an utter bore-fest.

        I had to check if I had a pulse about 20 times to make sure I still had one throughout the movie.

      • Boradori

        Only five year olds use caps lock and hyperbole to express themselves. If you think TDKR is terrible you need to watch more movies. I have watched the whole trilogy and appreciate this film more in that context, the way the themes throughout are tied together is brilliant something critics acknowledged as well. There are flaws related to pacing/editing but I still love the film for the mood and the parallel journeys of Bruce Wayne/John Blake as well as all the symbolism. The fact you believe the cinematography is terrible and that Nolan has made only one good film confirms you must be five years old. Finally the accusations of some right wing philosophy just shows how people miss the point that Batmans actions are constantly questioned by Nolan he does stupid things and is a very flawed hero.

      • Robert

        Hiker…Likes to take walks…OK. Seeing as I’ve climbed McKinley and all the decent sites in Arizona, I guess I am a dickwad. What have you climbed?

        Grammer and spelling is what is needed in any argument. Glad to see that you seem to have taken this to heart.

        We are never told anything in regards to facts or figures regarding the environment that Bruce has to climb. One can only infer. Based on my experience, I can tell you that it is certainly nowhere as simple as you claim it is in your argument. The notion is presented that taking the leap untethered is what is difficult. This is understandable as the jump is vast, and the consequence of failing is death. If Bruce wanted to escape allowing death to occur means Gotham blows up-Suddenly his hesitation to climb untethered becomes more understandable.

        I’ve looked deep inside, and found I loved the movie. Sorry you did not, that certainly is your prerogative, but it isn’t any deep truth.

    • Daniel

      Yeah…he was talking about The Dark Knight and not TDKR.

  • Harry

    Better that was influenced by TDK than TDKR.

    • Dan

      Oh get off it. TDKR was nearly as acclaimed as TDK, and probably would have made more stateside if not for the horrific tragedy in Colorado. Fact is, until Taken II, the last runaway hit of the year was TDKR. Everything else either flopped (Total Recall) or underperformed (The Bourne Legacy). If only becoming the 7 th most successful film of all time is a failure, than we are all doomed. Naturally, you don’t have to like the film. That is your decision, but it is hardly the definitive statement on the film’s quality.

  • will

    TDK is a strong influencing point, but Bond films could also stand to learn a lot from TDKR. Bane’s persona, his two evil lairs, the opening plane sequence, and the final chase all could have very well fit into a Bond film. Hell, a character with a mask and voice like Bane’s could have shown up in a Bond movie, and we all would have been like, “par the course”.

    • shutupyoudamnnerds

      a character like Jaws could easily be a bane type character in the revamped bond series.

  • Matthew

    After TDKR I immediately thought it would be a fine Bond movie, more so than a Batman movie.

  • Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan

    @roland, I’m so mad because not only did Nolan make a piss poor film, it was uber-fascist right wing propaganda. Anyone who liked it should be ashamed of themselves.

    • bob

      what lol how was it propaganda? I don’t like it either but the propaganda came out of nowhere. lol

    • Alan

      Don’t worry, Bob, this is the same guy that suggested that TDKR filmmakers profited off of the deaths of Colorado victims.

      12 people were killed and over 50 were injured in that mass killing. The idea that he would use that tragedy simply to attack a film is sickening, and your suggestion that the filmmakers profited off of the victims is equally repellent: Warner Bros. gave a “substantial” amount of money to Colorado’s Community First Foundation, Nolan also contributed to these charities, Hans Zimmer released a track in which all proceeds go to charity and Bale visited injured children and families in Colorado hospitals. These are real, tangible things that helped the people of this city, and the idea that he would exploit this tragedy to moan about a frickin’ movie shows that you need to seriously grow up. You can start by donating to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund: https://givingfirst.org/index.php?action=dynamic&cmsID=36&section=content

      Instead, he uses the term “propaganda” – when he doesn’t even know what it means – and can’t stand the idea that other people like it.

      • Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan

        Poor people will kill the rich for now reason if left to their own devices. Fascist law enforcement bills will insure that crime is eradicated. Only billionaire rich people can save poor people from their own corruption. Occupy wall street is comprised of militant terrorists who need to have their heads beat in by the police. All these ideas are presented in DKR without any sort of critique. If you can’t understand how this is propaganda, than you have a subpar intellect. This film is propaganda in the same way Triumph of the Will is (using flashy cinematics to dupe those of low intelligence into promoting hate).
        @Alan,
        You mad brah?

      • Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan

        I never suggested the film profiteered off the killings. I only stated that it sucks.

      • Alan

        Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan, so I guess you are a liar, too. By “I never suggested the film profiteered off the killings. I only stated that it sucks” are you forgetting that you wrote “Sorry my lame film drove someone nuts, govs! But at least I made money right?” Since your understanding of history is a little skewed, then I guess you don’t understand that the film was also written well, well before the Wall Street protests. But I love your other gems, like

        * “Only billionaire rich people can save poor people from their own corruption.” That’s funny, ’cause – apart from Bruce Wayne – the other rich people include a psychopathic, revenge-seeking terrorist, and a sleazy sociopath willing to work with militant leaders. Yeah, only rich people can save the day.
        * “Occupy wall street is comprised of militant terrorists who need to have their heads beat in by the police.” This is the problem with people who reads – and only reads – the headlines of New York Times articles … and nothing else. No history, no understanding of the French Revolution (what, you ask? What is France?). This movie is sociologically-minded, not political. It’s about faith and fear, utilizing Eastern (Buddhist) ideas to create true strength, which is compassion. At the end of the film, His home is no longer the “mausoleum” of pain, as it signified for a brooding Bruce in Batman Begins, but an orphanage, a final recognition of the collective and an ultimate testament to his parents’ humanist values. You try to impose a dumb, one-note political bent on everything … and your criticisms aren’t even based on a nuanced reading of political culture and history.

        But – then again – I am talking to a genius who blames filmmakers for other people’s action … only because they don’t like the films, not because they actually cared about what happened to the victims. That’s sick, dude.

      • Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan

        It must be hard not understanding how to read English. Do you really suggest that a murderer who called himself the joker and attacked a batman screening wasn’t influenced by Nolan’s films?- which is what the first sentence suggests. My second sentence is a satirical jab at the fact Nolan doesn’t care what he puts onscreen as long as he makes money- hence the shittiness of DKR. Nowhere did I say that they filmmakers made money of the film. You using the tragedy to shut down critiques of the film is heinous. You should feel a deep sense of shame and I hope it makes you reflect on the mistakes you’ve made in your life. With healing and proper therapy, you might become a productive member of society. I pray for you.

      • Alan

        Yep, I knew you would try and worm your way out of this. You wrote, “Sorry my lame film drove someone nuts, govs! But at least I made money right?” So, apparently “I made money” doesn’t mean “I made money” at all, right? You attempt to exploit this tragedy, and then blame everyone others because you were caught out. That’s the problem with the Internet: if you write it down, you can’t backtrack so easily. It’s morally disgusting: you wrote it, own up to it. Don’t backtrack. Again, I suggested that the filmmakers have given money to the people involved: why don’t you do the same – i.e. something practical, for the benefit of others – instead of trying to (continually and blindly) suggest other people’s exploitation: https://givingfirst.org/index.php?action=dynamic&cmsID=36&section=content

      • Alan

        Also, although I am not a criminologist, I am pretty sure that most would agree that genetics, upbringing, schooling, family backrgound, psychological defects etc. would be more important factors in why someone chooses to murder others. No film can “make” you kill someone: the idea that you would think so (and blame the filmmakers, instead of the killer) is depressing. Just because YOU don’t like a film, doesn’t make it right to blame it for other people’s actions.

    • Afilmguy

      Although I can’t agree with a lot of what you’re saying about the killings and the propaganda and such, try not to say “TDKR sucked” but rather “I thought TDKR sucked” or “To me, TDKR sucked.” That way, you stick to the authority you have on cinema, and not any actual authority on whether or not a film sucks, regardless of arguments for or against the quality of a film, and most especially in mainstream films (which tends to generate a lot of ignorant and selfish claims as if people think they have that authority to make on films over film scholars, theorists, philosophers, and even some critics.).

    • goingtosuicideChris\”super fraud\”nolan

      i’m going to make you amanda todd yourself. I know your IP address and who you are…JOHN!

      • man oh man

        Nice try clown. My name is Chris Nolan. I’m a self-loathing monarchist who likes to make poor people think they’re inferior to trust fund rich boys who like to beat up commoners.

    • Get the memo

      You’ve done been trolled son

  • Sugreev2001

    @ Chris \"Super Fraud\" Nolan

    Lol You talk about Cliche than you mention 3 dumb movies as your favorites,among one decent cliche one (that openly pays homage to it\’s genre) and one excellent one.Prometheus didn\’t have any plot-holes hahahaha.That is the stupidest thing ever.A geologist who says dumb shit like \"I only like rocks\".\"Scientists\" traveling light years on a whim of some stupid unscientific theory,without knowing each other at all.The first introduction is when they land.The fact that Noomi is fine after the intense abortion and that they cannot run sideways to escape the ship stumbling on them like a giant doughnut.Believe me,there are more and more plotholes I can mention.It\’s like Plan 9,but made by Ridley Scott.

    Now Haywire,it\’s the most boring movie ever.The same revenge drama that\’s been a stickler for TV movies since time immemorial.The acting of the main character is lame.
    Raid Redemption has the worst lead ever.He screams like a little girl every single time he hits.Nobody knows acting in that movie,except the villain…and he\’s on for like 5 mins.You wannabe pseudo-intellectual.

  • Afilmguy

    Claiming that all these things in TDKR are \"terrible\" repeatedly, I don\’t think you have much of an authority on saying that. If you said \"I thought that it was terrible,\" that\’s a different story. Just don\’t pretend you have some sort of authority on cinema judgment, especially when it comes to mainstream films.

    • Chris \”Super Fraud\” Nolan

      It’s not opinion. It’s objective fact. It’s like me saying the earth revolves around the sun.

      • Robert

        You are beyond pretentious.

      • AManWithAKilt

        He is beyond trolling.

      • Afilmguy

        But it’s not objective, otherwise there would be a measurement on existing value. The first mistake you made was claiming that it’s “fact.” In art, there is no fact, except what might or might not be, and what it is outside of our judgment. Now, I’m not going to argue that we have no knowledge of understanding it at all; we do. But, just because one user on Collider says so, doesn’t make it so. Plus, I would trust the words of someone much more qualified than you. Additionally, there seems to be a vast majority of more qualified viewers that share an opposite view to yours. (I apologize for all these slashes, BTW, I’m not sure how to get rid of them.)

      • josh

        I really, really, REALLY hate internet trolls, but Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan is kind of a genius at it. He’s not even trying to hide the fact that he’s trolling and still people are responding. I can’t even be mad.

  • ScaredForMovies

    Man, I can’t wait until Strong Enough reads some of these anti Nolan/TDKR comments. He’s gonna lose it.

  • spongefist

    You lost me at being a ‘Hiker’ is that code for being a complete dickwad? So you walk about a bit… well done, that makes you a complete authority.

    As for ‘no’ oops, one word and I lose you… how anal exactly are you?

    The truth is that you would not have to make a 15 foot leap if you knew school boy rock climbing, and if it really was a 15 foot jump, that would be a bio-mechanical impossibility for a child to do… either way, it was shit.

    Deep down, you know (look at that spelling… wow) that it was shit, but you simply won’t accept the reality. It was an utter bore-fest.

    I had to check if I had a pulse about 20 times to make sure I still had one throughout the movie.

  • spongefist

    Didn’t mean to post that twice, an apology I’m happy to make. As for using first person tense, well, I am speaking as me, as the person who wrote the post, so it’s kind of assumed, but obviously not so I will make sure I use ‘I’ in future posts…

    I thought it was shit
    I thought it was a borefest
    I thought a school boy rock climber would escape

    blah blah…

    Although, make no mistake that once the supporters sensibilities are offended they are quite happy to get personal as well… pot calling the kettle black as they say.

    Everyone is untitled to their opinion regardless of how wrong they are….

    • Poirot

      Opinions can never be “wrong”. Opinions aren’t fact. But citing your opinion as a fact is ironically wrong.

  • Robert

    Hiker…Likes to take walks…OK. Seeing as I\’ve climbed McKinley and all the decent sites in Arizona, I guess I am a dickwad. What have you climbed?

    Grammer and spelling is what is needed in any argument. Glad to see that you seem to have taken this to heart.

    We are never told anything in regards to facts or figures regarding the environment that Bruce has to climb. One can only infer. Based on my experience, I can tell you that it is certainly nowhere as simple as you claim it is in your argument. The notion is presented that taking the leap untethered is what is difficult. This is understandable as the jump is vast, and the consequence of failing is death. If Bruce wanted to escape allowing death to occur means Gotham blows up-Suddenly his hesitation to climb untethered becomes more understandable.

    I\’ve looked deep inside, and found I loved the movie. Sorry you did not, that certainly is your prerogative, but it isn\’t any deep truth.

  • Dobby

    Wow. This talkback is turning into aitnitcool.com

  • 891

    I suppose it won’t be long before the term “Mendesized” becomes part of the English dictionary, eh?

  • 891

    I suppose it won\’t be long before the term \"Mendesized\" becomes part of the English dictionary, eh?

  • JPA

    I can’t believe people are still discussing with someone that basically is using “I’m a troll” as a nickname.

  • Poirot

    Well here’s my two cents on TDKR. The Bond influence was noticeable but “Inception” was Nolan’s Bond movie. TDKR has flaws but I’ve become increasing fond of it since I first saw it. Bane’s dialogue is first-rate and I never found him inaudible. To give Nolan credit, Catwoman/Selina was very well written and Hathaway’s performance was superb. Many people were critical of Blake’s screentime but that was essential when you consider the ending. Modine’s character remains pointless and some of the scenes in the third act could’ve been better acted.
    TDK and TDKR are not comparable . TDK is one of the great movies of the last decade and would do very well even as a stand-alone film.

    As for the war between the fanboys, I’ve never liked it. I enjoyed The Avengers but I find it rather amusing that a film with multiple superheroes is compared with a solo superhero film, especially when box office is concerned. A more apt comparison would be Justice League, which is yet to take off. The two sides of the spectrum make for tedious and tiresome reading. You certainly can’t have neutrality, it seems.

    I’ve drifted off-topic but that was necessitated by some of the comments. I’m looking forward to Skyfall with anticipation, mainly due to the reviews. The trailer looks good and Bardem being a villain is just icing on the cake. It’s also nice to see that arthouse directors like Mendes are willing to stand upto producers when budget is concerned by citing Nolan’s example.

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  • Amard

    People couldn’t see what brain Nolan has? in movie bane attacks A stadium and stock market two of modern societies economic pullers . TDKR is serious film it has lot to say. In coming years TDKR will be regarded as classic batman movie. Just stay alive till next decade.

  • josh

    I really, really, REALLY hate internet trolls, but Chris \"Super Fraud\" Nolan is kind of a genius at it. He\’s not even trying to hide the fact that he\’s trolling and still people are responding. I can\’t even be mad.

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